The lute shell is free of the mould, and almost ready for fitting out….

Firstly, however, I must tidy up the rib joints from the inside – especially at the broad (curved) end, in preparation for the endliner. This provides reinforcement across the weakest point of the construction.

You can see that the tape is still attached; it will remain until the endliner¬† and endclasp are successfully installed. Since I work in a Boatshed, I am also inclined to fit heavy thwarts, quarter-knees and sawn frames – but I have an idea that lute Devotees would not approve….


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